Sunday in the sun – 12.March.17

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Living in this alternate universe called Trumptopia is proving more interesting by the day. Cloudy skies are full of sunshine in Trumptopia, there’s no such thing as carbon dioxide, at least as far as climate change is concerned, and down is up everywhere you look. Everyone in Trumptopia is clueless, because Trumptopia is itself rooted in cluelessness. Like our fearless leader, our world now represents the triumph of style over substance, the value of demolition over construction, and where the currency of moral bankruptcy reigns supreme.

Before we go on to the gnews in Trumptopia, a few storyteller odds & ends.

The “images” posted the past two Saturdays will continue for a few more weeks, so more cop tales and war stories.

This is preparatory for resuming full time work on Out of the Blue – the big cop novel. Once that starts, I don’t see posting much besides updates, maybe a few “chapters” or excepts from works in progress.

Standing on the corner of the third world this morning, I thought of a short story I’ve been meaning to get down on paper, so started on that this afternoon. Tentatively titled What’s Going On at the Pink Water Café, it’s a romance – with a few twists. Maybe kinks is a better word?

And last up, I’m fiddling with two different endings for TimeShadow this week. Fun stuff.

So, on to some of the more interesting tidbits this week (just click on the blue links if interested).

The Foreign Policy Research Institute asks is Trump Russia’s Manchurian Candidate? They say no, and their conclusions are kind of interesting, too.

John Cassidy at The New Yorker asks if Trump’s Obama accusations could backfire? Thoughtful piece.

Want a different take on Trump? Try Ivanka, who gives great hair and better Instagram.

Richard Painter, chief White House ethics lawyer under George W. Bush, says that he is “more worried about KGB agents running around the West Wing” than he is about the possibility of a “Deep State.”

The 1930s were humanity’s darkest, bloodiest hour. Are you paying attention?

Chicago man freed from prison, given $25 million, spends his second chance rebuilding his old gang. This is rich with unintended consequences, sickening, yet almost funny.

Ben Carson. Need I say more? Slaves as immigrants? Is that enough to make you curious? Read on, because Carson is a thoughtful character. Or…is he?

Critics Say A Republican Bill Would Open The Door To Genetic Discrimination. This is a must read.

In other, related gnews from the alternate universe:

“The Labor Department reported that the U.S. economy added 235,000 jobs in February, and the unemployment rate fell from 4.8 percent to 4.7 percent. When asked about Trump’s previous claims that federal jobs reports were “phony,” White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the jobs numbers “may have been phony in the past” but are “very real now.”

(hand me the smelling salts, please)

Extra! Extra! Read all about it. Republicans’ biggest white lie: that they represent the working class.

Breitbart’s take on the ACA replacement? Read all about it right here., another conservative website, is even less charitable in their assessment.

Sean Spicer says Trump was unaware that Michael Flynn was a ‘foreign agent‘. Uh-huh. Sure. Anything you say, Sean.

White evangelical Christians believe they face more discrimination in America than Muslims. Yes, you read that correctly.

So much stuff on the ACA repeal it’s crazy, but little tidbits like cutting the budget for the CDC and probably 15 million losing insurance are the highlights. Stay tuned.


So, have a nice Sunday. Got an interesting story you’d like to see posted here? Send it along and we’ll see what we can do. Good material on the elections in the Netherlands, France and Germany appreciated…

Happy trails. Aa

2 thoughts on “Sunday in the sun – 12.March.17

    • Interesting caveat. Science journalism, vs general journalism that tries to report science. Looks like those general sources, on the left AND the right, score well below average, while a few mainstream sources do better. But once you move into SCIENCE publications, say the Journal of Applied Dildo Mechanics, reporting gets better and better. The lesson would seem to be: read a real SCIENCE publication for real FACTS, Breitbart and Huffpost for real PROPAGANDA.


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